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January 10, 2013

Flu Factories

Tracing the origins of the swine flu epidemic

The Humane Society of the United States

In this one-hour presentation, Dr. Greger explores the role factory farming played in the emergence of the current flu pandemic, which has likely infected more than a million Americans.

The swine-origin H1N1 virus is a poignant example of how the treatment of animals can have global public health implications.

This presentation is available on DVD at a special discounted rate. The topics on the DVD are listed below.

1.  Introduction
2.  1918 Pandemic
3.  Swine Flu Stable for 80 Years
4.  North Carolina, 1998
5.  Triple Hybrid Mutant
6.  Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
7.  Pork and Poultry Industrialization
8.  Strep suis
9.  Nipah Virus
10. Ebola in Pigs
11. Mad Cow Disease (warning: graphic footage)
12. Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria
13. Acceleration of Human Influenza
14. Aquatic Virus to Airborne Flu
15. Harmless to Deadly
16. Emergence of the 1918 Flu
17. Poultry Industry Response to Bird Flu
18. Intensification of the North Carolina Pork Industry
19. Factor 1: Sheer Numbers
20. Factor 2: Geographic Density
21. >Factor 3: Overcrowding
22. Factor 4: Stress
23. Meat Industry Defense of Intensive Confinement
24. Factor 5: Lack of Adequate Fresh Air
25. Factor 6: Lack of Adequate Sunlight
26. Factor 7: Cesspools of Waste
27. Factor 8: Preponderance of Disease Vectors
28. Factor 9: Pharmacological Crutch
29. Factor 10: Long-Distance Transport
30. Family Farms to Factory Farms
31. What if Swine Flu Combines with Bird Flu?
32. Factory Farm Moratorium
33. Pandemic Prevention
34. The Meat Industry Responds
35. Single Biggest Human Disaster
36. Banning Gestation Crates
37. Pork Industry Response to Swine Flu
38. Industry Cover-Up
39. Conclusion
40. Additional Resources

Buy the "Flu Factories" DVD now!


Michael Greger, M.D., is director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture in the farm animals section of Humane Society International. An internationally recognized lecturer, Dr. Greger has presented at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, and was an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial. His recent scientific publications in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture, and his latest book, the acclaimed Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching, is now available full-text at no cost at birdflubook.org. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

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